New Brother for Stoke on Trent Circle.

New Brother for Stoke on Trent Circle.

Stoke on Trent Circle enrolled new brother Stephen Thomas at their May Circle meeting last night (21 May 2019). Newly installed President Anthony Birks (on the left) was delighted to enroll a new member on his first night as president.

Membership Officer Barry Tunnicliffe is hopeful that initiatives being undertaken in local parishes will bear fruit with more new brothers joining in the near future.

The enrollment of Stephen Thomas follows 3 other new brothers joining Circles in the province which is an encouraging start to the year. If any Membership Officers would like support in attracting new members for their Circle then please contact David Prescott on 07702 605611 or email djprescott@sky.com

Peter Eady Quiz at Kidderminster 309

Peter Eady Quiz at Kidderminster 309

President Charlie Villa (centre of image) was pleased to welcome 44 visiting brothers along with 20 brothers from our own circle for the annual Peter Eady Quiz.  Our visiting brothers came from 9 different circles in Province 6 and Kidderminster brothers were extremely pleased that our annual quiz was supported so well by our neighbouring circles. The guests included Bro Paul Clancy, our Provisional President, who was part of the Droitwich team. This year the event was held at our new venue, The Granary at Shenstone near Kidderminster. Question Master Andrew Kinsella set eleven rounds with five questions in each round with topics ranging from science to sport. Half way through the quiz a tasty dinner of steak and ale pie with chips and vegetables was served which was followed by a dessert of profiteroles with a chocolate sauce. The Morgan Cup was also ‘up for grabs’ and with Solihull registering the most members present they were able to claim it. The Morgan Cup collection amounted to £73.07 for the bursary fund whilst a raffle held during the evening for our presidents charities raised £270.00. After checking all the answers City Of Lichfield circle were declared the quiz winners having narrowly defeated Redditch circle into second place. The above picture shows Question Master Andrew Kinsella (right) being helped by President Charlie Villa and Vice President Neil McLaughlin (left).

Kenilworth enrol 2nd Brother in 3 months!

Kenilworth enrol 2nd Brother in 3 months!

Newly installed President Bernard Baxter was delighted enroll a new brother at Kenilworth Circle on his first night as President. 35 year old Rob Swift from Nuneaton was enrolled at last nights meeting with dad Ian from Leicester South Circle in attendance. Rob is a 4th generation Catenian from the Swift family which is some achievement for the family. Rob’s brother James is also a member of Leicester South. Rob works in IT and is married with 2 young children. Ciaran’s brother Damien joined the Circle in February.

In the photo L-R is: Ciaran Convey Circle MO, President Bernard Baxter, Ian Swift, Rob Swift and Provincial President Paul Clancy.

Cats and Dogs but no rain!

Cats and Dogs but no rain!

Ladies, brothers and friends of Kenilworth Circle enjoyed a really pleasant country walk in the spring sunshine on Saturday March 9th. Brother Peter Lawson led the group of 14 + 4 dogs on the walk which took place around Harbury near Southam.

The weather was very windy but that kept any chance of rain away. New brother Damien Convey and son Toby was on the walk along with Bertie & Teddy and the 2 other Catenian dogs!!

The Winning Team

The Winning Team

Sutton Coldfield Circle held a quiz night at its March meeting with circle brothers and visitors from Stoke On Trent and Kenilworth Circles having to answer questions on a variety of subjects. Brothers were organised into teams of three or four with Brother Vice President Tony Walsh acting as quizmaster. After testing their knowledge and skills the winning team was declared consisting of Brother Provincial Chamberlain Jim Gillen of Stoke On Trent Circle, Brother Provincial President Danny McAree of Kenilworth Circle and Brother Mike McNamara of Sutton Coldfield Circle. Each was presented with a suitable bottle. Thanks was expressed to Brother Secretary Steve Broom for organising the quiz